Despite the news that front man, Deeder Zaman, has quit Asian Dub Foundation, the future of the innovative UK collective is pretty much safe.
Since their ‘Community Music’ LP, the unclassifiable London 5 piece, are about to return with new material.
Deeder, the inspirational singer who wanted out in order to work with grassroots civil rights and anti-racist organisations, apparently played his last gig for the band on New Year’s Eve of 2000.
Here are a few excerpts from the band’s statement:”Deeder generally wished to have a break from music, in particular the heavy touring aspect and explore other avenues of life, having been in the band since the age of fourteen”.
“We thank him for the contribution he made to the development of Asian Dub Foundation from a sound system to a respected international band. We wish him success, fulfilment and happiness in all his current and future endeavours”.
“Asian Dub Foundation has always been a collective in that everyone in the band writes the lyrics and the music”.
“With Deeder’s departure, we resolved to continue in the same vein. The line-up has been expanded. Spex and Aktarvata have been taking care of MCing duties. Rocky Singh has come in on drums and Prithpal Rajput aka ‘Cyber’ on dhol and tables”.